RISK! Podcast
  • Episode:#407
  • Date:November 18, 2012
  • Run Time:44:11
  • Download: MP3

The God Problem

Kevin Allison shares two faith-shaking stories about grappling with angels and demons in his very Catholic youth.

Song: RISK! Theme by Wormburner and John Sondericker

Song: Sqworm by Ramona Falls

Live Story: The Miracle Worker by Kevin Allison

Radio Story: Man at Hawaii by Kevin Allison

Song: Killing Days (Florence & the Machine vs Echo & the Bunnymen) by LeeDM101

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6 Comments

  1. Agreed. Lots of little surprises. Most episodes of Risk are good for at least two listens. This one seems good for several. Shows how the show can get deep but rarely dull.

  2. Hearing 17 year old Kevin was amazingly adorable!!
    Love the show!

  3. Great stories. Your story about traveling to South America was very moving. You have a good blend of self-deprecating humor and poignant insight. Thanks.

  4. I actually have family in Arequipa and have been able to get down there 3 times in my 24 years. It really is a life changing experience.

  5. Hey, Kevin!
    Does the second story serve as your storyteller Origin Story? If not, where is it?

  6. David Crabb (most recent RISK! story is in the Tough Love episode) has said something like this before, “So many of our stories tend to be about the things we needed to learn and re-learn and re-learn in our lives. That’s why so many of our stories has an ‘origin’ aspect to them. It’s almost like we’re always starting over with a lot of the things it seems like we should already know about ourselves.” So, in a way, both of these stories on this episode do indeed point to my beginnings as a storyteller, especially Man at Hawaii. But it took me more than two decades after that Peru trip to realize I could be doing storytelling as a vocational career. The official origin story of me becoming a RISK!-style storyteller is at the beginning of the episode called Try, and in the Introduction to the RISK! book. – Kevin

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